Update on lift installation at Ludlow railway station

People in the neighbourhood of Station Drive and councillors have received an update on the work to install a lift on Platform 1 at the railway station. Network Rail now hope to complete the work by the summer, pushed back from the previous estimate of completion by March. Station Drive will be closed overnight on three Saturdays, 10, 17 and 24 February to lift the lift into position.

Problems with turning out of Tesco have been eased by moving the lights. The overnight road closures will not have a significant impact on the town but I will be asking for the lane closure on Station Drive to be lifted before Easter, which beginning of the main visitor season in our town.

The extension means that the closure of park of Galdeford car park and on the station car park will continue for longer.

This work is essential to ensure that passengers with limited mobility can access the station platforms.

Letter from Network Rail

We started work last October to improve accessibility at Ludlow station and have reached an important milestone in the project. We will be lifting the new lift shaft and operating equipment over the next three Saturday night shifts in February. 

This is all part of our work to install a brand-new, fully accessible lift onto the existing footbridge on platform 1. This is funded by the Department for Transport as part of the Access for All programme.

Our contractor Centregreat Rail has been on site since October 2023 and the latest works completed on-site include:

  • Sheet piles have been installed for trench support and excavation of the lift pit has started.  
  • Most of the ducting has been installed on both platforms and the bases for the columns have been excavated and concreted.

To keep the public and our staff safe we will be closing the road around Ludlow station (Station Drive) on the dates and times listed below but please note these dates can change:

Saturday nights – 10 February, 17 February, 24 February 2024: 10:00pm to 6:00am

We will be working on-site for the coming months as we hope to complete the project by summer 2024. Please note the station will remain open to passengers during work.

The nature of our work often means some noise is unavoidable. We know we’re working near your home and will try to minimise this as much as possible, but we are sorry if we do disturb you. 

I hope this information is helpful but if you have any questions, there are several ways to contact us, by calling our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41, visiting www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus for more information about living by the railway. 

Rebecca Harvey, Community Relations Manager, Network Rail Wales and Borders.